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Last year, Company X paid out a total of $1,050,000 in salaries to its 21 employees. If no employee earned a salary that is more than 20% greater than any other employee, what is the lowest possible salary that any one employee earned? (A)$40,000
(B) $41,667 (C)$42,000
(D) $50,000 (E)$60,000

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Re: Last year, Company X paid out a total of $1,050,000 in salaries to its [#permalink] ### Show Tags 21 Apr 2015, 08:44 2 This post received KUDOS 1 This post was BOOKMARKED Bunuel wrote: Last year, Company X paid out a total of$1,050,000 in salaries to its 21 employees. If no employee earned a salary that is more than 20% greater than any other employee, what is the lowest possible salary that any one employee earned?

(A) $40,000 (B)$41,667
(C) $42,000 (D)$50,000
(E) $60,000 Kudos for a correct solution. Let's imagine that $$x$$ is max salary and $$\frac{x}{1.2}$$ is min salary. As we know that total amount of salary equal to 1,050,000 we can write equation: $$20x+\frac{x}{1.2}=1,050,000$$ (20 employees with max salary and one with min salary: if we take 20 employees with min salary we will receive bigger number and as we need least possible salary we should take 20 max salaries) $$24x + x = 12,600,000$$ $$x = 50,400$$ and this is max salary $$50,400 / 1.2 = 42000$$ And our answer is C _________________ EMPOWERgmat Instructor Status: GMAT Assassin/Co-Founder Affiliations: EMPOWERgmat Joined: 19 Dec 2014 Posts: 11063 Location: United States (CA) GMAT 1: 800 Q51 V49 GRE 1: 340 Q170 V170 Re: Last year, Company X paid out a total of$1,050,000 in salaries to its [#permalink]

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22 Apr 2015, 04:56
Assume the $$21^{st}$$ guy receives the lowest salary $$x$$
and everybody else receives $$x+\frac{20}{100}x$$ salary
$$x\,+\,20*(1.2x)\,=\,10,50,000$$
$$x\,+\,24x\,=\,10,50,000$$
$$25x\,=\,10,50,000$$
$$x\,=\,\frac{10,50,000}{25}\,=\,42,000$$

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[quote="Bunuel"]Last year, Company X paid out a total of $1,050,000 in salaries to its 21 employees. If no employee earned a salary that is more than 20% greater than any other employee, what is the lowest possible salary that any one employee earned? (A)$40,000
(B) $41,667 (C)$42,000
(D) $50,000 (E)$60,000

Employee 1 earned $x(say) Employee 2 will not earn more than$1.2x
Therfore, to minimize the salary of any one employee, we need to maximize the salaries of the other 20 employees
(1.2x*20)+x=1,050,000
Solving for x=$42,000 Answer C Math Expert Joined: 02 Sep 2009 Posts: 43892 Re: Last year, Company X paid out a total of$1,050,000 in salaries to its [#permalink]

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27 Apr 2015, 02:53
Bunuel wrote:
Last year, Company X paid out a total of $1,050,000 in salaries to its 21 employees. If no employee earned a salary that is more than 20% greater than any other employee, what is the lowest possible salary that any one employee earned? (A)$40,000
(B) $41,667 (C)$42,000
(D) $50,000 (E)$60,000

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VERITAS PREP OFFICIAL SOLUTION:

Here ask yourself the following questions:

1) The numbers do not have to be integers.

2) Zero is theoretically possible (but probably constrained by the 20% difference restriction)

3) Numbers absolutely can repeat (which will be very important)

4) What’s your strategy? If you want the LOWEST possible single salary, then use your answer to #3 (they can repeat) and give the other 20 salaries the maximum. That way your calculation looks like:

x + 20(1.2x) = 1,050,000

Which breaks out to 25x = 1,050,000, and x = 42000. And notice how important the answer to #3 was – by knowing that numbers could repeat, you were able to quickly put together a smart strategy to minimize one single value.

The larger lesson is crucial here, though – these problems are often (but not always) fairly basic mathematically, but derive their difficulty from a situation that limits some options or allows for more than you’d think via integer restrictions, the possibility of zero, and the possibility of repeat values. Ask yourself these four questions, and your answer to the first three especially will maximize your efficiency on the strategic portion of the problem.
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06 Feb 2018, 17:36
Bunuel wrote:
Last year, Company X paid out a total of $1,050,000 in salaries to its 21 employees. If no employee earned a salary that is more than 20% greater than any other employee, what is the lowest possible salary that any one employee earned? (A)$40,000
(B) $41,667 (C)$42,000
(D) $50,000 (E)$60,000

Since the sum of all the salaries is a fixed amount (which is given to be $1,050,000), the lowest possible salary is obtained when all the salaries besides the lowest one are maximized. Since the greatest possible difference between any two salaries in this company is 20%, all the salaries besides the lowest salary should be 20% more than the lowest salary. We can let the lowest salary = x and the greatest = 1.2x and create the following equation: x + 20(1.2x) = 1,050,000 x + 24x = 1,050,000 25x = 1,050,000 x = 42,000 Answer: C _________________ Jeffery Miller Head of GMAT Instruction GMAT Quant Self-Study Course 500+ lessons 3000+ practice problems 800+ HD solutions Re: Last year, Company X paid out a total of$1,050,000 in salaries to its   [#permalink] 06 Feb 2018, 17:36
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